Saints and Stones: Beaghmore
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Beaghmore is a complex of early Bronze Age megalithic features, stone circles, stone rows, and cairns on the southeast edge of the Sperrin Mountains in County Tyrone. There are seven low stone circles of different sizes, six of which are paired, twelve cairns, and ten stone rows in the Beaghmore complex.

Beaghmore translates as "the moor of the birches," a name that reflects the fact that the area was a woodland before being cleared by Neolithic farmers.

The site was discovered in the early 1940s during peat cutting when 1,269 stones were uncovered. Investigation of the site and the surrounding bog indicate that the area was occupied since Neolithic times through the Bronze Age. The stone circles and cairns are attributed to the earlier part of the Bronze Age, ca. 2000-1200 B.C. Hearths and deposits of flint tools were discovered and have been carbon dated to 2900-2600 B.C. In addition, several of the stone rows run over the tumbled walls of field structures, which also date from the Neolithic period. It is very possible that the full extent of the complex has not yet been revealed and further stones and cairns may still lie hidden in the adjacent peat.

About Beaghmore

Megalithics: Beaghmore Stone Circle Complex
Megalithic Portal: Beaghmore
Irish Antiquities: Beaghmore Stone Circles
Megalithic Ireland: Beaghmore
Wikipedia: Beaghmore
Wikipedia: Stone Circle

Journey to Beaghmore

Beaghmore is located some 10 miles from Cookstown on minor roads off the A505 West in County Tyrone, No. Ireland.

Ordnance Survey Map (H685843)

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the geograph.ie website. General tourist information may also be found at the Discover Northern Ireland: County Tyrone website.

Additional Photos of Beaghmore

Welcome Sign for Beaghmore
Plan of Beaghmore
Path to Beaghmore
Descriptive Sign at Beaghmore
Stone Row Leading to Cairn Between Stone Circles A and B, Beaghmore
Stone Row Leading to Cairn Between Stone Circles A and B, Beaghmore
Stone Row Leading to Cairn Between Stone Circles A and B, Beaghmore
Cairn Between Stone Circles A and B, Beaghmore
Stone Circle A, Beaghmore
Stone Circle B, Beaghmore
Stone Row Leading to Stone Circles C and D, Beaghmore
Stone Circle C, Beaghmore
Stone Circle D, Beaghmore
Stone Circle E, Beaghmore
Stone Circle E (Dragons Teeth Circle), Beaghmore
Cairn Near Stone Circle E, Beaghmore
Close-Up of Cairn Near Stone Circle E, Beaghmore
Stone Circles F and G, Beaghmore
Stone Circle F, Beaghmore
Stone Circle G, Beaghmore
Cairn Near Stone Circles F and G, Beaghmore


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